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New Pioneer Plasmas : A revolution or just another TV?

Pioneer's new plasma television - news and screens.

  • Design
    While Pioneer are moving forward into the future with a whole new corporate image, their televisions still look basically the same. The piano black finish is still there and it is in keeping with the same overall design of previous generations. However, the Kuro has three HDMI ports, an integrated digital tuner and built-in speakers.
  • Introducing Project Kuro
    Pioneer has gone back to the drawing board and created a new plasma television from the ground up. The engineering project was labelled Project KURO, a Japanese word meaning deep, black and penetrating. On 19 October 2007, we had a chance to check out the new Kuro plama panels for ourselves.
  • Black Levels
    Pure black is the holy grail of flat panel television technology. Since black is the most important building block to creating accurate colours. Put up against the 7th generation pioneer plasma and other brands, the Kuro certainly looked impressive.
  • Detail
    The detail found in the Kuro range is impressive. Finer details are not lost to pixelation like on some plasma panels.
  • Contrast
    The new PDP428XDA & PDP508XDA panels have 16,000:1 contrast ratio, the highest levels of any flat panel to date.
  • ColourFrom what we saw the Kuro launch, the colour was certainly outstanding.
  • Coming Soon
    The Kuro plasmas will be released early October, so they are nearly here. Check the site over the coming week for our very own review of the Kuro. Will it perform as well as it looked at the launch or will it crumble under the weight of serious testing? Only time will tell.
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